Golden State Warriors Rumor, Speculation and Innuendo

Joel CreagerCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

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I am going to choose my words carefully.  This article is not a joke like the comedy piece about George Lucas purchasing the Warriors.  I'm serious. 

Some will call this rumor, speculation, or innuendo.  Others will point out that a lot can change between now and the beginning of next season.  Both are correct. 

Regardless, I'd like to share two moments with you that I experienced last night after watching the Golden State Warriors gain momentum and eventually roll the Philadelphia 76ers

By the way, the Warriors got out-rebounded 50-37; the 76ers shot 23 more free throws, and had five more steals than Golden State.  The key to the Warriors' success was ball movement, which resulted in a healthy 35 assists spread throughout the starters and the bench.

In spite of a poor shooting night, Stephen Jackson was just one assist shy of his second triple-double of the season. 

Not to mention that Brandan Wright, Ronny Turiaf, and even Rob Kurz were very busy changing shots in the paint, and actively denied the 76ers what would normally be easy second-chance points. 

Finally, major props to Brandan Wright for posting a career high 25 points.  This bodes well for the Warriors' future, which I would now like to address.

The first of the two insightful experiences I had was a discussion with a courtside season ticket holder. 

Apparently Robert Rowell is an aficionado of fine wines.  If you want to get the man talking, then that is the best approach.  And talk he did—only it wasn't about Napa's finest.

Usually Don Nelson is better known for his booze-infused moments of disclosure, but I suppose everyone has their day.

According to this season ticket holder, Rowell revealed their offseason plans.  Guess who's going.  You may or may not be surprised.

If you thought Don Nelson was playing hardball with Jamal Crawford, wait until you hear what Rowell suggested. He intimated that Crawford would be traded to a "bad team" if he didn't opt out of his contract.  I personally hope that Crawford opts out (for salary reasons), but I can't say I approve of such a negative approach.

The other person to be heavily shopped in the offseason will be "Sixth Man of the Year" candidate Corey Maggette. 

I can only guess who's going to be getting those minutes, and the possibilities are exciting.  Still, it makes the Maggette signing seem like more of an impulsive action than part of a well-defined plan.

As for Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf, Monta Ellis, Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright, and Stephen Jackson...They will all be sticking around.  The plan is to move ahead with "the future" and give them the reins.

Take it for what it is: rumor, speculation, innuendo, or drunken incantation of the night.  It is what it is, and it is straight from the horse's mouth.

How could a night get more interesting?  Only at the Courtside Club, of course. 

The who's who of Whoville were there: Jackson, Biedrins, Buike, Davidson, and most importantly, Ellis. 

Unfortunately, I went to the bar right after the rush of players got there.  I was asked what drinks I was ordering by three different bartenders, who then told each other to make the drinks in a round robin tournament of shifting responsibilities. I was thoroughly entertained.

We settled into our table, and were sharing post-game analysis over our hard-earned drinks when in walks who other than Robert Rowell himself.  Then a very subtle, but significant interaction took place.

Rowell walked in, and the first thing he did was go whisper into Ellis's ear.  The music was not so loud that a whisper was necessary, but whisper he did. 

After that, Rowell whispered into Stephen Jackson's ear, and left after a few minutes of small talk.  For what was an inconsequential win in yet another playoff-less season, there was a lot of excitement in the air.

Everyone was happy. Very happy.

Take it for what it is. Rumor, speculation, and innuendo, but that night I walked out with more than just a Warriors business card holder.